For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s obviously been too long since you saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so if you need a little reminder, you can check out Scene 2 on YouTube.
Anyway, it’s been much too long since I posted here. Why? Well, I’ll tell you…
(He’s going to tell… He’s going to tell… He’s going to tell… He’s going to tell…)
I promise you there’s a LinkedIn tie-in somewhere here. 🙂
The fact of the matter is that I’ve just been insanely busy with client work. Luckily for me, I’m not actually obligated to x number of postings per week until such time as I go live on the b5 network, so I’ve been able to get away with it, sort of.
Of course, I know it has consequences. I know I lose some readership – certainly temporarily, maybe permanently.
But here’s the thing… taking care of your existing customers is the most important networking you can do. So is taking care of your employees and your existing partnerships. So is taking care of your family relationships. Networking comes after all that. Blogging (assuming no one’s paying you to blog) comes after all that.
If you don’t meet or exceed the expectations of your current customers and partners, you don’t have a leg to stand on when you go out to network. If you don’t take care of your employees and partners — the people who help make you successful on a daily basis — you won’t have the business there to go out and network for. If your family relationships suffer because you’re spending too much time online or you’re out at networking events several nights a week, then you have your priorities mixed up.
Successful people have work to do, and for only a very rare few is networking truly their primary work. The rest of us have papers to write, marketing campaigns to develop, products to create and expectations to meet.
Don’t be afraid to tell people you’re too busy, or even to selectively ignore them. If they can’t understand that it’s not a reflection on them, but a reflection of what’s going on in your business right at that moment, that’s a relationship you don’t need!
And if you ever think you’re getting the cold shoulder from someone, don’t take it personally — if they’re “too busy for you”, that may very well be a good thing for them. Wish them well and tell them you’ll talk to them when things settle down a bit.
Anyway, you should start seeing me around a little more often as things settle down for me with my other obligations, so stay tuned!